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Published: Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 10:32 PM
By Lauren Pack, Staff Writer
Longtime Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall has died.
“Tonight we lost a friend and mentor for many of us at the Division of Police and to all the City of Middletown in Judge Mark Wall. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest in Peace your honor,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said in a Saturday social medial post.
Wall, 70, was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Voinovich to served the balance of Judge James Comb’s term and was elected to his first full six-year term in November 1995.
A lifelong resident of the Middletown area, Wall graduated from Middletown’s Bishop Fenwick High School and from Miami University in 1968. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1973.
During the Vietnam conflict, he served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army. He received several citations and awards, including the Bronze Star Medal.
Wall began his practice in 1973 with the local firm of Wilmer and Wilmer. He was in general trial practice with federal, state and local courts along with probate and real estate law.
Wall was active in community service and youth sports and served two terms as a Lemon Twp. trustee prior to his appointment.
Wall is survived by his wife, Linda, and two children.
Muterpaw said Wall was found at home shortly before 6 p.m. and is believed to have died of natural causes.
“He was a tremendous person in this community and was much bigger than a judge,” Muterspaw said. “He was a mentor to most of us when we were younger policemen first coming on and just a friend to those in need. Very selfless man with an incredibly big heart.”
Attorney Greg Howard — who will take the oath of office as Butler County Common Pleas judge next week following the death of Judge Craig Hedric in November — and his wife, attorney Melynda Cook, who served as visiting judge for wall said, “We are both devastated by this news. Our Middletown community lost a leader, we lost our judge and our friend. He saw good in those who came before him even when they were charged with crimes. He was well respected by attorneys, his staff and city prosecutors and those who appeared in front of him, many of whom called him ‘Judge Walls.’ We have both been privileged to sit in for him as acting judge.”
"Judge Wall was to swear me in on Friday afternoon. It is hard to comprehend he is gone,” Howard said.
Lisa Snead, Wall’s judicial assistant, said her heart splintered into pieces when she got the new of her boss’ death.
“I don’t know how to voice my feelings for this man that I worked closely with day to day for more than 20 years. My heart is shattered,” Snead said.
She added that when Wall left work Friday he promised he would take care of himself and he would see her on Monday. “Now he is gone. A huge part of my life is no longer on this earth,” she said.
Butler County Assistant Prosecutor David Kash, who had known Wall since he began practicing law in 1979, said: “He was an honorable man, brilliant and insightful jurist. He will truly be missed.”
Defense attorney Lawrence Hawkins III remembered Wall as a beloved judge.
“He was a great man and and great judge. He appointed me on my first murder case. That led me to getting certified to do capital cases. He was one of he most respected and beloved judges,” Hawkins said.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:52 PM
DAYTON — Chaminade Julienne High School is facing a controversy over a social media post showing a student in a hood, making a Nazi salute.
The photo shows a student wearing a navy blue KKK-type hood while giving a Nazi salute inside a classroom at the Catholic school, 505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton.
The original incident, where a student brought the hood to class, sparked immediate reaction from the teacher in the class. But somehow a photo of the student wearing that hood made its way to social media. That’s where the controversy picked up steam.
“This is disrespectful,” said one comment attached to the photo on Twitter. Another stated: “Some serious action needs to be involved. CJ is a good school and kids just make it seem like it's bad because of stuff like this.”
The Catholic school has declined to talk directly to us about the incident, despite multiple requests to school leaders and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
News Center 7 has obtained copies of the letter our sources say was sent to parents by Principal John Marshall.
It begins by saying: “Earlier this month an inappropriate prop was brought to school as part of a history class group project presentation.” It goes on to say immediate action was taken by the teacher in the classroom, but that the school later learned that earlier that day a student modeled the prop in a classroom and another student posted it on social media.
CJ parent Mike Henne of Clayton gave us his reaction by telephone.
“We use this as a learning experience ... point to emphasize to our son that social media is not private. It is very public,” he said.
He said his son was not involved in the photo in any way, but does attend the school.
The principal’s letter to parents says: “We have concluded that this unfortunate incident was an isolated act of ignorance by a very limited number of students.”
Henne said he supports the school and its handling of the situation.
“I’m very proud of how CJ handled it. It was appropriate, swift, the right thing to do in the right time frame,” he said.
Disciplinary action against the students behind that photo is being considered by the school.
The parent who brought this to our attention wanted to remain anonymous, but felt the focus of the principal’s letter was too much on the use of social media ... and not enough on the original action by the student who brought the hood into the classroom and how it might make other students feel.
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:49 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:35 PM
Columbus — UPDATE @ 3:36 p.m. (March 21)
UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m. (March 21)
Jurors recommended Wednesday that Brian Golsby, the man convicted of killing OSU student Reagan Tokes, be senteced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Official sentencing will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Brian Golsby, the man who was accused of killing Ohio State student Reagan Tokes, was found guilty on all counts in the murder of Ms. Tokes.
Golsby was convicted of aggravated murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, rape and tampering with evidence.
On February 8, 2017, Tokes was walking to her car after work in Columbus when police say she encountered Golsby and was later murdered.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:46 PM
MONTGOMERY COUNTY — UPDATE @ 2:10 p.m.:
Multiple officers armed with long rifles and at least one police K-9 unit are searching the area of West Fairview Avenue and Rustic Road following a multi-city chase.
Initial reports indicated the suspect vehicle involved in the chase was a white Mazda CX5.
We’re working to learn how many people police may be searching for.
Multiple jurisdictions are involved in a chase that has traveled through Harrison Twp., Huber Heights and parts of Dayton.
The chase was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m.
Initial reports indicated police were possibly chasing a light-colored vehicle.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 2:54 p.m.:
A passenger in a suspect vehicle who was ejected from the vehicle in a crash during a pursuit is in critical condition, police said.
Officer began pursuing the vehicle in the area of Salem Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton before 1 p.m. after a Dayton police Sgt. spotted it, authorities said.
Police said the suspect vehicle had fled from officers six times in the past, including once today prior to the afternoon pursuit.
Investigators said during the pursuit the suspect vehicle ran a red light at James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street, causing a crash involving four other vehicles.
The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken to the hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening, police said.
Police said the driver had several previous arrests for alleged crimes in the city.
Multiple medics have been called to the scene of a reported crash in the area of James H. McGee and West Third Street in Dayton.
Initial reports indicated the crash occurred while police were chasing a vehicle in the area around 1 p.m.
We’re working to learn more.